Jonesboro, GA

Tactics Used

Reverse stings
Shaming
Auto seizure
Community service
Public education
Neighborhood action
SOAP orders
John school
Letters
Cameras
Web stings
License suspension

Jonesboro, a city of about 5,000 residents, is located about 20 miles south of Atlanta in Clayton County, Georgia.  The city is known to have a substantial level of prostitution activity in a variety of venues, including massage parlor brothels, online advertisements,  and encounters arrange for at local motels.  Sex trafficking has also been documented in the community, including a 2014 case in which a couple was charged with trafficking a 16-year-old girl. Targeted attacks on prostituted women have also been documented.

To address community complaints about prostitution, one of the approaches used by local law enforcement is the targeting of consumer-level demand for commercial sex.  Reverse stings have been used in this city since at least 2007.  In that year, as a result of community complaints, the Clayton County Police Department conducted a reverse sting that resulted in the arrests of 11 men.  Although their names were not disclosed, the CCPD has released the names of johns following subsequent operations.

Key Partners

  • Clayton County Police Department
State Georgia
Type City
Population 3911
Location
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